While there are some lawyers who will tend to abuse lawsuits and use them to make a quick dollar, an attorney of merit will assess a situation and determine if any legal proceedings are appropriate. For an example of this, you can look at Lie beck vs. McDonald's Restaurants. After this famous trial, there were a series of copycat lawsuits and this is where quite a few lawyers have lost respect over the years.
This is where reputation comes in. For the attorney you are looking to hire, you want to someone who is respected in the legal community. These individuals are going to represent you with integrity and with knowledge of the legal system. Their depth of knowledge and experience in turn will help to ensure all factors are taken into consideration and that your case is presented in a manner where all the facts are out there and you can potentially win your case.
Another important factor to look at when you are hiring a Massachusetts attorney is their case history. If you find a lawyer who is handles a particular type of case regularly and wins, they are going to be a better choice than a general attorney who may handle a variety of cases and have no real expertise in a single area. More importantly, their continued proven success is going to increase the chances you have of getting the results that you are looking for in the courtroom.
Personality of the attorney is going to also be important. Often, this is overlooked. You need an individual who comes off as being likeable and can still be persuasive at the same time. When you speak to this individual, you need to ensure that you feel like you are being listened to and that they follow the questions you are asking and if they aren't sure about something, they do ask you questions.
The goal here is to have a Massachusetts attorney that you can confide in. To ensure that your attorney doesn't have pending sanctions or is currently under review, you will want to contact the Massachusetts Board of Overseers. This will help you to avoid a situation where you may need to change your lawyer at the last minute, or to lose some of the valuable work and time that is put into building your case.